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Study Tour

Post-congress study tour, 29 July – 02 August: Cumbria and Lancashire

Then Post-Congress Study Tour is a traditional feature of the Viking Congress, taking place just after the main programme ends. The tour will be based at Lancaster University, offering an in-depth exploration of the renowned stunning landscapes and renowned Viking-Age remains of Cumbria and Lancashire. The itinerary not only encompasses famous monuments such as the Gosforth Cross, it also offers rare opportunities to see sites that are less well-known or accessible. The group will also explore the reception of Viking-Age culture in the Romantic period, a key element of the Lake District’s recent elevation to World Heritage status. The tour will leave the Congress venue in Liverpool on 29 July, with its first full day commencing on 30 July and lasting for three full days (30, 31, July, 01 August; before departure on 02 August). The three days will be organised geographically, focusing on: the maritime setting of Morecambe Bay; the impressive Lake District mountains; and the prolific monuments of northern and eastern Cumbria. The group will have many chances to converse with local experts and societies, and to delve into Lancastrian and Cumbrian landscape, food and dialect.

Numbers for the study tour will necessarily be more restricted than for the main Congress. Registration is open to all accepted delegates on a first-come, first-served basis.  We hope to offer a small number of bursaries specially for the tour (further information to be supplied in due course).

There is an opportunity to pre-register an interest in the study tour under ‘Submit a Paper’.

The study tour is all-inclusive (transport, food, accommodation, entrance fees, special visits) and will cost circa £450 at current prices: a link to Lancaster University for joining and payment will be provided after the conclusion of the call for papers.